First listed on: 29 April 2021

Lead Environmental Scientist

  • Join a dynamic, diverse and high performing team in an exciting time of growth
  • Full-time Permanent role located at our Headquarters at Parramatta
  • Proudly making a difference to establishing a best-in-class, customer centred, client organisation

At Sydney Water, we’re passionate about making a difference to the lives of our customers and communities. 

About us 

We have a proud heritage and a progressive future, providing world class drinking water and beautiful waterways from the mountains to the sea. We see the world is changing so we are changing too. Our people and their jobs are as diverse as the communities we serve. 

About the role 

To lead and oversee the provision of environmental planning and assessment advice that supports organisational needs and delivers improved outcomes for the business, customers and the environment.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:  

  • Lead environmental approval pathways and ensure assessments are prepared to meet quality standards, legislative obligations and internal delegations.
  • Lead scoping, engagement and application of environmental subject matter expertise to improve business, customer and environmental outcomes.
  • Assign and monitor workflows of less experienced team members. Provide support, technical direction and develop capabilities in others.
  • Build rapport and maintain internal and external relationships that enable effective consideration of stakeholder needs/expectations within business context.
  • Lead innovation, continual improvement and knowledge sharing in relation to environmental planning, assessment and approvals.
  • Participate in strategic planning and broader business directions.

About you 

  • Tertiary qualifications in environmental science/environmental management (or other relevant discipline) and about 10-15 years’ experience in a relevant role
  • Proven experience leading the identification and resolution of environmental issues associated with the planning and delivery of complex infrastructure projects
  • Technical leadership experience in cross functional project teams that illustrates effective working relationships at all levels
  • Superior communication and negotiation skills, evidenced by senior level agreements on sensitive issues for internal and external stakeholders
  • Understanding and experience with major water or other similar utility
  • Ability to foster an environment that encourages safety, innovation and organisational change.  

Please see the position description for the roles full accountabilities. 

Application closing date: 20 May, 2021

You must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident at the time of submitting your application to be considered for this role. For more information, you can contact 

Sydney Water welcomes you to apply if you feel you meet the selection criteria. The successful completion of a Criminal History Check and Medical Assessment form part of the application process. 

Please advise if you require any adjustments to actively participate in the application and recruitment process. 

We want your perspective and ideas to help us find better ways to delight our customers, so we encourage you to apply no matter your age, sex or culture. You can be part of a committed, highly skilled team who’ll appreciate what you bring to the table. You’ll set and achieve real goals and make decisions that matter, as together we help shape the lifestyle of greater Sydney. 

As part of the application process, Sydney Water will be collecting your personal information to assess your suitability for the role. We will also use your personal information to establish a LiveHire talent profile in our Talent Community. We look at our Talent Community first when new opportunities come up when you apply for a role. Your personal information will be collected in accordance with LiveHire’s TermsPrivacy Policy and Sydney Water’s Privacy Collection Statement – Job Application 


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